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>> the international silence on the crimes committed every day against our people amounts to participating in two years of killings. in protests against the shameful international position the coalition leadership has decided to suspend its participation in the meeting of the friends of syria and decline the invitations to
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visit russia and the united states. >> from the start of the uprising the international community has criticized syria's op sigs for its failure to unite. but now it seems the syrian national coalition which has been meeting in cairo has put the ball firmly in the courts of the international community. it says its members have reached an agreement on forming a government to run reble held areas. >> the leaders of the southeastern national coalition have agreed to form a transitional government to operate within rebel held areas. it's been decided that the head will be announce bid march 2 after an agreement's been reached with all opposition groups. agreeing to form a government will strengthen the position but unfortunately for those living under the bombardment it doesn't weaken that of the
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president. and as a diplomatic strugen to find a solution to the bloody war continues so does the death and destruction. for those inside syria that's been their daily reality for almost two years. >> the u.s. government has grounded its entire fleet of new f-35 fighter planes. a cracked blade was found in one of the jet's engines. the joint strike fighter is the pentagon's most expensive project. >> the f-35 is the centerpiece of the pentagon's biggest weapons replacement program jsf, joint strike fighter. now, for the second time in two months, all 51 radar evading jets have been grounded. a routine inspection revealed a crack on a turbine blade in the jet engine of an f-35 test arkte. the $396 billion program relies on help from eight other
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countries to fund development. >> there have been a host of problems with the f-35, everything from pilot's helmets displays to air frame issues. when we start talking about power plants or the engine blades, the things of that nature, that's really quite serious and that's almost in a different category, because then you're talking about the very likely potential of catastrophic engine failure in flight. >> the u.s. defense department describes the grounding as precautionary. but before this development, five there had already been concern about the cost of the new air craft. canada is considering canceling its orders while australia is considering scaling back. in january a variant of an f-35 was grounded for a month after a fuel line detached just before takeoff. >> the u.s. has been flying its
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drones over northern mali. 100 troops have been sent to run surveillance of the rebels. president barack obama said they're there to provide intelligence to french forces fighting the armed group. the military says 13 of its soldiers and 65 rebel fighters have been killed in mali. battles took place in the mountains close to the border. rebels are thought to be hiding there after the uprising in the north was pushed back by west african and french soldiers. the credit rating agency moody's has stripped britain of its top aaa status. lower credit ratings can make it more expensive for governments to borrow money. moody's says the british economy is not looking good in the medium term but the government says it will stick to its program of spending cuts. >> i think this is a stark reminder of the debt problems that britain faces and the
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clearest possible warning to anyone who thinks we can run away from dealing with those problems. and far from weakening our resolve to deal with britain's debt it should redouble our resolve to deliver a plan that has cut the deficit by 25, delivered 1 million jobs but also of course delivered record low interest rates to many families. >> the economy is playing a central role in italy's election campaign. the main candidates have held their final rallies ahead of voteding on sunday. bers coni is making one more bid to be prime minister but the front runner is from the center left democratic party. the french foreign ministry says drug tainted horse meat may have entered the food chain. the drug used as a painkiller in horses can cause serious illness in people. a scannedle revealed some beef products contained horse meat.
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the vatican has dismissed recent italian media reports suggesting the that the pope resigned to avoid a scandal over gay clergy. it criticized news organizations for spreading what it called gossip and misinformation. the pope announced his intention to stand down last week claiming his old age. the king of spain's son in-law has arrived in court to answer corruption charges. he is accused of tax fraud in a $7 million embezzlement case. the former olympics hand ball player is said to have used his influence to get contracts to put on events. the scace has enraged spadyrds at a time when spain has one of the highest unemployment rates. hundreds of supporters of chaveezz have held a vigil for the president. he has not been seen since
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returning to venezuela after receiving cancer treatment in cuba. he is in a military hospital being treated for respiratory problems. >> the president is receiving treatment. he has a breathing problem which is being treated intensely. he is using a tube to support his breathing and has communicated with us through various means to give us his instructions. >> the families of more than 7,000 haitians who died of cholera have reacted angrily to the u.n.'s decision to reject their claims for compensation. scientific studies suggest u.n. peace keepers were the source of the outbreak. but the u.n. says it has diplomatic immunity. >> the river that runs through the town is a lifeline for people here to keep them cool, clean, and enrich it is soil. but in october 2010 it became the source of one of the worst health crises this country has
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ever seen. most likely caused by a sewage leak at this united nations base where soldiers infected with cholera were stationed. within weeks the disease spread throughout the country. eventually killing thousands. one of the victims. >> my son took me to the hospital. they took care of me but i thought i was going to die. >> her youngest daughter did die and she was shocked when she learned that the united nations is now refusing to pay victims like her any damages. >> it's very sad to hear that they won't compensate us. they won't do anything to help us. >> though several independent studies have found strong evidence that peace keepers brought cholera to haiti, the united nations has never accept it had results. but in december of last year it pledged $2.2 billion to help fight and eradicate the disease. >> the u.n. is playing a double game. on the one hand they are
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providing assistance for alleviating the epidemic but on the other hand they refuse to accept the responsibility. >> the haitian government has remained largely silent on the issue. outraging victims and health groups. and over half a million people fell ill because of the cholera epidemic which began right here. but medical experts say haiti still isn't out of the woods yet. >> at the nearby cholera clinic, doctors visit their youngest patients all of them only a few months old and already sick. at the beginning of the outbreak this doctor saw thousands of cholera victims. though the numbers of patients has dwindled he still worries. for many patients, like this man who lost his five-year-old daughter to cholera, the united nations has overstayed its welcome. >> people even might even rise up against them. because when you lose a child you never know what that child could have become. maybe he or she could have
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saved the family from this misery. >> a misery these people say they are now left to deal with on their own. >> snow has left roads treacherous across the u.s. cameras caught the moment when a city bus slid and smashed into a light pole. right there. fortunately, no one was hurt. while in cincinnati a truck driver was left hanging over an overpass after he lost control, the highway was closed to remove the truck safely. and passengers landing in cleveland had a slippery landing when their plane slid off the runway into grass and snow. the airline says no one was injured, fortunately. there's been extreme weather in
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australia. at least two people have been killed in severe rainstorms and flooding in the new south wales. residents are being evacuated because of the rising flood waters. world weather update in just a moment. and when we come back the afghan refugees returning home from iran. >> we're expecting at least 50 afghans to arrive, some of the 150,000 that iran has expelled so far in the past ten months. >> and why fishermen in the american northeast say their future is in doubt. >> once again we have seen
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flooding rains damaging winds and power outages into parts of new south wails very active weather system across that eastern side of australia just drifting out of the gulf coast caused some big problems around this area. further north also seen some downpours as well. around 8 mill mitters of rain just to the far north around cape york and very active system to the north of western australia may well develop into a tropical cyclone. you can see that heavy rain draped across northern australia right away into a good part of eastern queens right into parts of new south wails we could also see some wet weather here. that cloud and rain makes its way across the northern most parts also affecting a good part of indonesia. seeing some very heavy rainfall coming in here, had flooding rains coming into parts of indonesia.
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in the space of only 24 hours the heavy rain will continue through much of indonesia. a possibility into southern areas of the fill pins.
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>> welcome back. the top stories. the main opposition group in syria is pulling out of international talks. the decision of the southeastern national coal -- syrian coalition. they say it's protesting against what it calls the international silence over continued atrocities. the u.s. government has ground it had entire fleet of f-35 fighter jets. a cracked turbine blade was found in one of the planes' engines. the vatican has dismissed recent italian media reports suggesting the pope resigned to avoid a scandal over gay clergy. it criticized news
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organizations for spreading what it called gossip and misinformation. back to our top story about the conflicts in syria. many young men there go to battle and never come back. they're unaccounted for because their bodies are never found. but there are ways of bringing the dead home if you have money that is. >> it's bad enough losing a son. knowing he had his whole life in front of him. what makes it worse for this mother is that she can't get his body back. her son was killed fighting the syrian army. she says they've had his body for more than 40 days. >> i don't need anything else just his body. i need to have a funeral just like anyone else in the world who wants the body of their son. anything from his body would be ok even if it's just a few
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bones just to say this is the grave of my son. >> just up the road more tears of another mother. her 18-year-old son was killed on the same day in the same battle. his body was also taken by syrian force bus his body got it back because they paid for it. >> i had to pay. i had to pay for it. i had no other option to get back my son's body. >> he didn't want to speak about the price or negotiations. the important thing is that his family now has a place to grieve. >> giving back a body is the human thing to do. i had to pay. it was a shameful position to be in. it was shameful. >> many families across syria are still searching for their loved ones. and what happened to them is not an isolated case. >> lawyers who support the syrian opposition and they
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document what they call the crimes of the regime. >> the regime is confused and has lost control. it doesn't even control its own security branches. so everyone just does whatever they want. they use dead bodies to get money but families here are poor. and if they can't afford it the bodies are burned. >> she says she has tried to contact the security forces about her son. but to no avail. so now she just waits. without any closure. >> 6 million of the world's refugees are from afghanistan and iran host as large number but thousands are being forced across the border. coping with the new arrivals is just one of the challenges afghanistan faces. jennifer is at a refugee transit center.
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can you give us an idea of what life is like for these refugees? >> we're here at the trancity center about 120 miles from the iranian border. we're expecting in the next hour or two as the day finishes at least 50 refugees to come here to this transit center where they'll spend a little bit of their time. they're coming from the border 120 miles nearby iran we spent a couple of days there earlier this week and spoke to afghans coming back not because they want to but because iran is forcing them to. >> coming back to the homeland. as they take their first few steps inside afghanistan, many of these afghans say life in iran was hard. >> they mistreated us. getting here wasn't easy. if you go right they take money from you. if you go left they say it's
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illegal and want money from you. they don't even treat us like humans. >> last year, iran threatened to expel the 2.4 million it hosts if afghanistan signed the agreement with the united states. the economy is in trouble made worse by sanctions. caught in the middle are afghans cho who have few rights in iran even though many have lived there for decades. hundreds cross the border every day. some comb home voluntarily but many have been deported forced on to buses and sent back here. >> his hands were painted red in an iranian jail to identify him as a prisoner. he says his only crime was asking for his salary. >> i am deported and the wages from five months of work is still there. why would we go to iran? why would we choose misery?
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>> sent back with him are teenagers at the international calls children. their afghan families see them as bread winners. like this 15-year-old. >> my employer didn't pay me. he fired me then he turned me over to the police and then they deported me. >> despite the mistreatment, many afghans will try to go back pay smugglers hundreds to return to iran in search of work. >> 30 years of war and the low wages here make the problem of human trafficking even bigger in afghanistan. we try to rug russly control it but there are people who cross illegally. we cannot deny this. >> he has been working on the border since the tall banl fell in 2001. he says now even legally registered refugees are being forced out. >> some of the refugees >> wee siding in some prolveances and by the iran
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government. >> he says in some regions the iranians are lenient. in others they deport afghans with no notice. however they end up returning, many have now to build new lives in a homeland they haven't known for years. >> a very bleak outlook there. can you just tell us when these afghan refugees when they do return, when they do cross back into afghanistan, what's waiting for them there? >> well, only the most vulnerable get help so the afghan government goes on board the buses that come across the border and separate the most vulnerable out. they are the sick, the elderly, young children, any teenagers traveling alone, and anybody who is poor. those people come to a place like this. we're at the gaza gar transit center one of the first thing that is will happen is they're going to come to the health clinic which is here and get a health screening.
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we know we're expecting about 50 people. they'll come here. usually the refugees arrive about evening the border closes with iran at 4:00 p.m. we know that at least 53 are coming here tonight. now, when they screen the afghans here, for health problems at this time of year at the end of the winter, a bitterly cold wind, pneumonia is the biggest problem. but they deal with all sorts of other problems, stomach, diarrhea, they cake take care of them here. pregnant women get checked out. afghans get basic care here. this is a transit center. they'll stay here for a day or two before they're sent on to their home areas in afghanistan. they get a travel grant from the eight agencies here to be able to go home depending on where they are in the country the average amount of travel grant is $37 and families get a packet to help them get started
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back here in afghanistan. but we know that sometimes afghans who were forced here from iran actually are trying to get back. they're economic refugees rather than conflict refugees. >> thank you for giving us an idea of what these refugees are facing. >> south korea will inaugurate its first female president on monday. the country recently ranked in the bottom third of a global list on jend ear quality. but now there are hopes that things might improve. >> she believes her five-year president shi could inspire a change in the way women are treated in south korea. >> if a leader is elected, then the ghost of the leader is spread through every level of society. and there will be a very unintentional, very natural change. >> the president elect is promising practical measures too like free child care for
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under fives. she gave up work after the birth of her first child. 96% of women who stop work cite marriage or child care as the reason. >> some companies won't even give you an interview if you're married. people don't like working with married women because family commitments mean they have to leave early or come in late. >> she wants to return to her job as a hair dresser but with another child on the way she's skeptical that free child care will actually be free. nurse rizz charge up to $300 a month in extras for the hard to opt out of. >> to solve this problem we either have to control the prices or abolish all extra classes. if nurseries claim that it's impossible to operate with just a basic fee, the government subsidy needs to be increased. >> south korea has one of the lowest rates of female participation in the workforce in the developed world. on average women are payed nearly 40% less than men.
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the problem goes much further than just the cost of child care. >> just ask her. she left a prize job at a major conglom rat after becoming disillusioned with a culture of harassment. >> if you want to succeed in that company like other men, then you have to stay longer hours, and you have to drink more alcohol and you have to be more of a stronger personality. >> it's a very different story at domestic goods manufacturer. they offer flexible hours and training programs to help new mothers back to work. the competition for jobs here is fierce. >> men and women are equal so our company tried to provide benefits to both gender. so i think that's not common in some other companies. >> south korea may have a female can the but much more needs to change if more women
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are to enjoy the same opportunities as their male counterparts. >> new measures have been introduced in hong kong to restrict the amount of baby powder that people can take across the border. people leaving the city will be limited to two cans. offenders can be fined up to $64,000 to ensure there's an adequate supply of formula in hong kong. >> commercial fishermen in new england in the u.s. are worried a cut to quotas will drive them out of business. but regulators say it's the only way to preserve the centuries old fishing tradition. more from new hampshire. >> off the coast of new hampshire, fisherman david is regulating the sea of government regulations. the amendment of shrink has
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been reduced -- shrimp has been reduced and now they want to reduce the cod catch by as much as 77% as well.
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